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Windows 7 Operating System Tour
Windows 7 maintains a similar look and feel that was introduced with the Windows Vista Operating System. The Login Screen allows multiple users to be logged in at the same time, however only one login can be used at a time.
Windows 7 utilizes the same Start Menu introduced by Windows Vista.
Recently accessed programs are available in the main view, and a Search bar is available. You can Search for applications or files based on words that match the title of the document you are looking for.
Windows features such as the Control Panel, Help and Support, and Documents can be accessed from the right side of the Windows menu. This is similar to the menu structure in Windows XP and Vista.
Windows 7 will allow you to view the Control Panel in two different views.
Both Control Panel Views will provide access to all Control Panel options.
Category view allows the user to choose a category and sub category to navigate.
Icon view allows the user to view a list of all Control Panel options on one screen.
(Small and Large icons available)
Task Bar and Menu
Right-clicking an icon docked on the System Tray in Windows 7 will provide the user with a list specific to that application.
“Pin” is the option to attach the application icon to the system tray, while “Unpin” removes the icon.
Windows 7 maintains the thumbnail preview of your open windows and applications. Hover the mouse over the application in the task bar, and a small preview window will become visible.
This option can be disabled through the Taskbar and Start Menu Options
Alt+Tab activates a feature called Windows Flip. This enhanced feature provides the user with live thumbnail previews to the currently open programs and files.
Windows Flip 3D
In addition to the new Windows Flip, Windows 7 retains the Flip 3D feature.
Pressing the Windows key and the tab button at the same time will allow the user to cycle through a 3D view of open applications and files.
Sidebar & Gadgets
Gadgets are easy-to-use mini programs that give you information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools. Windows Sidebar helps you to organize your gadgets.
Windows 7 comes with an essential set of gadgets to get you started, and you can easily download more.
The Windows Explorer available in Windows 7 includes a few changes to make the experience better for the user.
The Address bar also has a new look and feel. This allows the user to select their location better by using drop down arrows.
User Account Control
Microsoft has included the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows 7. This security feature helps protect the computer from changes to the PC that were not initiated by the user.
Firewall and Security
The Windows Firewall is a built-in option for users to stay protected from outside sources. This firewall can work in combination with other programs. Windows also includes Parental Controls, Automatic Updates, Malware protection, and more.
Help and Support
The Help and Support Center will assist users in gaining knowledge and answers to commonly asked questions about the Windows 7 Operating System.